Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Now What?! Overcoming Oppression through Architecture and Design

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Architects and designers envision new futures while struggling in a present rife with oppression, discrimination, and injustice. How can we transform architecture and design so that how we work and what we design lead to a future of greater peace, justice, and liberation? The strongest force known to challenge systemic oppression is organized collective action -- come join a discussion with leading Bay Area organizations working to transform the architecture and design professions into forces of social progress!

Participants:
Raphael Sperry, moderator - Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility
June Grant - San Francisco National Organization of Minority Architects
Thomas Murdoch - The Architecture Lobby
Innosanta Nagara - Design Action Collective
Deanna van Buren - Designing Justice + Designing Spaces


California College of the Arts
Hubbell Street Galleries, 161 Hubbell St. San Francisco, CA
Now What?! Overcoming Oppression through Architecture and Design: Thurs. Dec. 13, 6:00-8:00PM

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Dec
6
5:00 PM17:00

Alive and Adaptive: 45 years of Organization of Women Architects + Design Professionals

Join OWA members from across the years at a reception to entertain the question "Now What?!" surrounded by the context of the history of activist organizations.

Sparked in a context of feminism, the Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals has annals of actions recorded in 45 years of newsletters and an extensive current and historical website. Although many early members hold the more activist organizing years as dear, the changing members have adapted the activities of the organization to their needs.

Please RSVP, as space is limited.

Hubbell Street Galleries
California College of the Arts
Alive and Adaptive: 45 years of Organization of Women Architects + Design Professionals: Thurs. Dec. 6, 5:00-7:00pm

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Dec
1
3:00 PM15:00

Now What?! Practitioners’ Roundtable

Now What?! Asks how to put activist values into design practice. Join us in the gallery for a practitioners’ roundtable moderated by our SF liaison, Sandra Vivanco, for a discussion of the challenges and inspiration of aligning work with social and political values.

Participants include:

Marsha Maytum, FAIA, LEED AP,  Principal, LEDDY MAYTUM STACY ARCHITECTS

Sanjeev Malhotra, Senior Designer, MWA Architects

Justin Skoda, Associate, Perkins Eastman

Karina Andreeva, Free School of Architecture, Studio Lead, see arch

Kevin Riley, Jr, LEED AP, Senior Designer, Pyatok Architects, Academic Chair, BAYA 

Moderated by Sandra Vivanco, Principal, A+D Architecture+Design

Please RSVP, as space is limited.

Hubbell Street Galleries
California College of the Arts
Now What?! Practitioners’ Roundtable: Sat. Dec. 1, 3:00-5:00pm

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Sep
30
3:00 PM15:00

In Great Company: AWA+D's Legacy of Empowerment Panel

Association for Women in Architecture + Design (AWA+D) discussion featuring:

Audrey Sato (Sato Architects, Cal Poly Pomona, XX|LA Architects Podcast)

Barbara Bestor (Bestor Architecture)

Kate Diamond (HDR) Lise Bornstein (KFA)

Marisa Kurtzman (Frederick Fisher and Partners)

Nina Briggs (Woodbury University, Cal Poly Pomona, The Fabric)

Wena Dows (Wena Dows Designs)

Brenda Levin (Levin and Associates Architects)

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Sep
27
5:00 PM17:00

SoCalNOMA General Body Meeting

Southern California Chapter, The National Organization of Minority Architects (SoCalNOMA) will be reviewing their Los Angeles activism history in architecture and contributing to Now What?! exhibition. Join us as we shine some light on the progress of African American architects post 1968

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Jun
29
4:00 PM16:00

In Search of African American Space Anthology: A Colloquium

Moderated by Jeffrey Hogrefe and Scott Ruff

If the African American experience emerges from the structure of slavery, what does architecture have to say to that experience, and what can the formerly enslaved say to an architecture whose primary purpose is to fortify the state? This is a question that we are asking again in response to the escalation of state violence toward people of color, which is taking place at the same time as the emergence of a Black aesthetic that has resulted in the Museum of African American History in Washington, DC.

The “In Search of African American Space” anthology centers on the work of architects Yolande Daniels, Rodney Leon, and Scott Ruff, whose practices have led them to search for African American space in many different forms, and on the work of visual theorists Radiclani Clytus and Ann Holder and performance artist Marisa Williamson, who have mined the topic for new ways of viewing the emerging post slavery subject. The contributions in the anthology were taken from a symposium that was held at Pratt Institute to coincide with a studio taught by Frederick Biehle on the Underground Railroad. The anthology highlights the importance of the Underground Railroad in defining a conceptual space that still has resonances in the ongoingness of the African American experience of surveillance, enclosure, fugitivity, and stasis that has been inherited from slavery and abolition and mapped into the present in horrific new forms of criminalization of blackness.

The colloquium will address the process of turning a symposium into an anthology within the specific requirements of the important and sensitive topic.

 

Participants:

  • Jeffrey Hogrefe is Associate Professor, Humanities and Media Studies/Architecture at Pratt Institute.

  • Scott Ruff is Visiting Associate Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute.

  • Jason Compere is a Pratt Undergraduate Architecture student.

  • Joe Mendoza is a Pratt Undergraduate Architecture alumnus.

  • Massi Surratt is a Pratt Undergraduate Architecture student.

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Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

ArchiteXX Reading Group

The ArchiteXX Reading Group meets the second Tuesday of the month to facilitate discussion on women in architecture and urban planning through a variety of critical reading materials.

This month's readings:

Butler, Judith. “Bodily Inscription, Performative Subversions,” Gender Trouble. New York: Routledge, 1999. 163-180.

Retter, Yolanda, Anne-Marie Bouthillette, Gordon Brent Ingram, Eds. Queers in Space: Communities, Public Places, Sites of Resistance. Bay Press, 1997. “Lost in Space: Queer Theory and Community Activism at the Fin-de-Millénaire.” 2-15; “Making Room: Queerscape Architectures and the Spaces of Activism.” 1-8.

Preciado, Beatriz. “Architecture as a Practice of Biopolitical Disobedience.” Log 25, 2012. 121-134

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Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Infrastructure: An Architecture Lobby Think-In

On the weekend of the AIA National Convention in New York City, the Lobby will engage with neglected issues that fundamentally determine the direction of our discipline.

This Think-In is divided into two parts over two days: active engagement with relevant sessions at the AIA National convention to ensure substantive dialogues on professional issues on Friday, June 22; and Think-In panel discussions on Saturday, June 23 at Prime Produce that examine the theme of Infrastructure. Infrastructure is the network of systems necessary for an organization to function. When those systems are degraded enough, the defining functions of the organization fail. The Architecture Lobby has selected this theme for its first National Think-In to generate a way forward and rebuild our discipline’s infrastructure.

Full line-up will be announced soon. It will include Now What?! curator Andrea J. Merrett.

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Jun
22
11:00 AM11:00

Out of the Shadows: Black Women’s Activism & Writing the Black Experience in Architecture

1. Black Women Architects: A History of Activism 11:00–11:45

Moderator: Roberta Washington

Panelists:

  • Alexa Donaphin, AIA, NOMA
  • Kathryn Prigmore, FAIA, NOMA
  • Katherine Williams, AIA, NOMA

2. Out of the Shadows: Telling the Story of African American Architects 11:45–12:30

Moderator: Pascale Sablan or Roberta Washington

Panelists:

  • Kathleen Ettienne, NOMA
  • Brad Grant, AIA, NOMA
  • Melvin Mitchell, FAIA, NOMA
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Jun
21
6:30 PM18:30

ADVOCATING FOR AFFORDABILITY IN HOT MARKET DISTRICTS Challenging the City to prevent Displacement

  • Pratt Institute, Higgins Hall, Siegel Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Super-tall luxury towers are the latest installation in the ongoing story of NY’s hot real-estate market…yet they threaten to rapidly gentrify their surroundings and displace long-time residents and businesses.

Join members of the Collective for Community, Culture, and Environment and other design and planning professionals to explore how community-led planning and policy development, urban design, legal and organizing strategies can shape the fight against rapid gentrification, segregation, and displacement – and offer beautiful, sustainable and equitable alternatives. 

The panelists will share perspectives and proposals on the creation/preservation of affordability in NYC's hot markets  – and how this could impact community planning nation-wide.

The panel discussion will be held at Pratt’s Higgins Hall in Brooklyn, designed by architect Steven Holl.

Panelists:

  • Moses Gates, Vice President for Housing and Neighborhood Planning, Regional Plan Association
  • Chris Walters, Rezoning Technical Assistance Coordinator, Ass’n for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD) 
  • Eva Hanhardt, City and Environmental Planning Consultant, Collective for Community, Culture & Environment 
  • Meta Brunzema, Architect / Urban Designer, Collective for Community, Culture & Environment and ArchiteXX
  • Eve Baron, Planner and Chairperson, Pratt GCPE and Collective for Community, Culture & Environment (moderator)
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Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

#WikiD Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Join us at the exhibition Now What?! Advocacy, Activism & Alliances in American Architecture since 1968, located at Pratt Institute, by writing a Wikipedia entry for at least one woman architect, designer, or activist.

ArchiteXX, Pratt School of Design, and Wikimedia NYC would like to invite everyone to help write Wikipedia entries for designers, architects, and activists from marginalized groups during this critical exhibition. This event is part of our global efforts to write in a diverse representation of women, which we have been coordinating with Parlour (Australia) and n-ails (Berlin). Our #WikiD guides to editing Wikipedia are available here to help you.

Write with us! New and experienced editors are welcome to this workshop in Brooklyn on June 16 2-4pm, at Pratt Institute's Higgins Hall, 61 St. James Place, Brooklyn, NY. Sign up here

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Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Now What, New York?! Ronald Shiffman and Activist Designers Taking on Urban Equity since 1963

Join Ronald Shiffman, Pratt Professor Emeritus and founder of the Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development (PICCED), and emerging activist designers in conversation on urban equity work in New York, 1963 to today. Responding to the Now What?! exhibition, speakers will present their design activism projects, addressing what it takes to move from planning to implementation.

Prof. Shiffman will tell the story of the formation of PICCED and how the group’s strategies have supported local communities for over 50 years. Francisca Benítez will speak about anti-displacement struggles in Chinatown and the Lower East Side and about why the city should adopt the Chinatown Working Group plan; Ifeoma Ebo will share her design and community engagement work with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice; and Maria de la Torre will show the latest project of Hester Street. We will discuss the work of women and non-binary leaders not only in design but also in the communities with whom we collaborate.

Program

Ronald Shiffman, Professor Emeritus, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment

Francisca Benitez, Artist and urban activist

Ifeoma Ebo, Senior Design Advisor, Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice

Hester Street

Moderator: Karen Kubey, Urbanist specializing in housing and health; Visiting Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

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